The Lived Experience of Pain: Keith Meldrum

Joletta Belton (left) and Keith Meldrum (right) during the 2020 San Diego Pain Summit. Photo by photojournalist Nicolás Ng

 Foreword to the new miniseries (by Lars Avemarie) I started the “Pain Expert series” back in 2014. The series has had entries with some of the most esteemed academics and researchers in the pain field, like […]

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Physiotherapy (1894-2020)

A once-proud profession that lost its way and uncritical accepted too many fads, pseudoscientific interventions, low-quality treatments, passive modalities, and alternative treatments, based upon only a scrap of evidence.  “I have tried physiotherapy, and it did not help me!” This is a typical comment from many people living with pain; they have been to 2-3 […]

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The Lived Experience of Pain: Trevor Barker





Trevor Barker (left) and David Butler (right) during the 2019 Pain Revolution Tour in Australia.   Foreword to the new miniseries by Lars Avemarie I started the “Pain Expert series” back in 2014. The series has had entries with some of the most esteemed academics and researchers in the pain field, like Moseley, Louw, O’Sullivan, Marchand, […]

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An open letter to my follow physiotherapists and healthcare providers

“Digital misinformation has become so pervasive in online social media that it has been listed by the WEF as one of the main threats to human society” (1). So the World Economic Forum has stated that misinformation that is being shared on social networks like Facebook; is a threat to our society. In the Musculoskeletal […]

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The case against the use of clinical experience (for finding causal relationships)

Now, let me preface the title by saying that clinical experience and personal experiences have great value, and can teach us a lot of things. One great thing we can use our experiences to is to form a new testable hypothesis, that research then has to confirm before we integrate them into clinical practice. But, […]

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Explorations in Cognitive Science with Jamie Hale MS

I have, for a long time now, been reading articles, books, and research papers by Jamie Hale MS. Some of these quotes are from articles or books, but most are from social media posts. For years, Hale has been an avid author, writing numerous articles for The Skeptical Inquirer, Psych Central, and Center for Inquiry. […]

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The biggest error in pain management (you might be doing)

A major problem in pain management right now is that there is an epidemic of erroneous reasoning. This is a pandemic of “broscience”, non-scientific thinking and dysrationalia. In debates, when people are faced with an argument and/or evidence that goes against their preconceived beliefs, the common answer is “but I know it works,” or “I […]

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Why and when is “pain science” and pain research important?

If you are advising or providing care for a person who has pain or is living with chronic pain, you need to have a firm grasp of current pain research, an in-depth understanding of the complexity of pain and your patients’ experience of it, and definitively know the many different factors which modulate pain. Combined, […]

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10 recommended books about modern science-based pain rehabilitation

I often get a lot of questions about how to learn more about science-based pain rehabilitation. Many participants in my course or lectures, as well as readers of my articles, often have questions about how to learn more, and of what books I recommend to learn more about science-based pain rehabilitation, clinical reasoning and Neuroscientific […]

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